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Potatoes, tomatoes and a painting or two ...

Saturday 08/06/2019

Debby Faulkner-Stevens

This year I have got myself together and have been growing my own veg.



Things are still less than great with my back so a lot of bending and digging is out of the question, plus the bottom bit of the garden which was used as a veg patch by the previous owner is now trying hard to be a sort of Japanese pebble garden with bamboo and beautiful black leaved elderberry bushes, so the veg growing is in various pots and troughs behind the garage.
The potatoes are reaching triffid like proportions and just about to flower, the tomatoes well on their way despite the best efforts of slugs and snails to eat them down to the ground.
There are also chillis and peppers - labels have blown away so it will be a surprise to see which is which - carrots, and a good range of salad leaves.
So far, the only produce we have been able to enjoy is the salad leaves but it won't be long before the first of the spuds are lifted and I hope they are as plentiful and taste as good as the fantastic profusion of leaves promises.

Meanwhile, back in the studio, painting has continued and, having just taken delivery of a substantial pile of miniature frames, I am doing my best to fill them with new work.
The Hilliard Society exhibition in Wells is closing this weekend as are the two shows in the US and I am pleased to say I have sold well at both of the American shows. Results of the Hilliard exhibition are not known yet but I have enjoyed looking at the exhibition on their website, a trip to Somerset not possible at the moment. We did, however, manage a short break at 'our' Tudor cottage in Suffolk last month. Always a joy to be there and just cool enough in the evenings to light the wood burner, so I was very happy.
Alan had bought a book on USAAF bases in Suffolk and was keen to see if any of the old air fields remained. Armed with our map book we set off in search of one fairly close to where we stay but the myriad of unmarked by roads defeated us, although we did find a lovely church that was worth exploring.
On our return home, Alan decided he needed to research the bases further and so has been scouring Ebay for old ordnance survey maps which have them marked and hopefully when we return later in the year we'll be able to find a few of them.
Meanwhile, our 1942 Willy's Jeep is - weather permitting - setting out on it's longest road trip so far. Three miles down the road to a War Time Weekend in my old home town.
Fingers crossed!


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